Costa Maya mania is being felt and heard as more dynamic news is being revealed in regards to San Pedro's most awaited festival. Already causing excitement for many is the recently confirmed news that well-known Latino singer songwriter Sergio Blass will be one of the festival's main attractions. Sergio Blass is a fast growing energetic singer whose soul shattering voice and dance moves are causing a sensation all over the globe. Formerly a member of Los Chicos and subsequently Menudo, he is known for his songs "Por un CafÈ, Por un Helao," "Taxi" and "Baila Baila". Sergio has landed major acting roles on Mexican television productions such as "Agujetas de Color de Rosa," "Gotita de Amor" and "Confidente de Secundaria."
As wonderful as this news is, another Latino celebrity will also take part in Costa Maya 2000. Soap Opera star and show conductor Rodrigo Vidal will be the official Master of Ceremonies of the Costa Maya Pageant. He is known for his vivid portrayals on Mexican soap operas such as "Siempre te Amare" and "Dos Mujeres Un Camino."
All five Mundo Maya countries have confirmed their participation in this year's festival to be held August 15-20. Of the five, only Honduras has yet to announce their contestant for the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant. At the last general meeting of the committee it was announced that Miss Valeria de Anda Gonzalez will be Mexico's representative. She is presently Nuestra Belleza Quintanaroo and was a semifinalist in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2000 pageant. Miss Anda Gonzalez hails from the island of Isla Mujeres and will join Miss Sandra Glower from El Salvador, Miss Evellyn Lissette Lopez Sandoval of Guatemala and Miss Zoe Roberson representing Belize. Contestants are scheduled to arrive in San Pedro on Monday, August 7th to commence training. The official training will be under the guidance of Miss Viola Jefferys (Miss Belize 1999) and Ms. Dali Guerrero. The pageant will be held on opening night, August 15th.
The committee continues to work with the respective embassies and contact persons to finalize the entertainers for each night. So far Honduras, Mexico and Belize have confirmed their entertainers. Friday is Honduras Night and this country will be commanding full attention as they present "Las Chicas Rolands." This vivacious all-girl group is sure to bring the best of Punta, Merengue and Salsa to keep everyone on their toes. Mexico night, once again, promises to live up to everyone's expectations with the rich culture and musical diversity unique to this country. Grupo Enigma, a popular dance band, will bring Mexico's energetic spirit to the stage with their great sounds. Mexico Night would not be complete without Mariachis and these too have been confirmed, in addition to a solo singer and a folkloric dance group. On Saturday, Belize Night, be ready to party the night away with the great sounds of the one and only Gilharry Seven. Our culture will also be accentuated by the sounds of Alma Beliceña Marimba band or Steel Band (negotiations still continue) with dances by the San Pedro Dance Company and Barbara's Dance Group. At midnight, the Latino superstar Sergio Blass will put on his concert. Entertainers for the other countries will be disclosed in upcoming issues of the San Pedro Sun.
The committee has announced that limited food booths (only 16) and display booths (only 8) are available for $400 each and include the following: 8' x 10' structure, single light fixture, one electrical outlet. They will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and the price includes two six-day passes. Deposits are required and interested parties should contact the Costa Maya committee or visit the Costa Maya office behind the Town Hall. Interested parties are asked to make their purchase immediately as booths have already been sold.
The Costa Maya Committee is also happy to report that the business community is responding "slowly but surely" to this year's festival. The Belize Tourism Board has confirmed their donation of $10,000 to the festival, making them a diamond sponsor. Atlantic Air has joined the team of sponsors for the first time. Atlantic Air has offered to fly the Guatemalan delegation to and from Belize earning them a platinum sponsorship. Other businesses who have graciously agreed to sponsor this year's event include: Platinum - Ramon's Village and San Pedro Town Council; Gold - The San Pedro Sun, Maya Island Air, Reef Radio and Ambergris Today; Special Bronze - Amigos del Mar; and Bronze - The Angelus Press and Milo's Ice Factory. Mr. Santiago Acosta has also donated $300; categorizing him as a "Friend of the Festival."
The following businesses have also confirmed their participation as pageant sponsors: Sea Gal Boutique, Moncho's Rentals, Island Auto Rentals, Mickey's Place, Elvi's Kitchen, Duane's Surf N' Turf, Ramon's, Caruso, El Patio, Celi's and Fantasy World Restaurants.
Hotels generously sponsoring accommodations for the festival this year are: Caribbean Villas, Coconuts Caribbean, El Pescador, Banana Beach, Spindrift, SunBreeze and Holiday Hotels. Sponsors are still needed and welcome. If you wish to offer assistance to this year's Costa Maya Festival, you may contact Mr. Gach Guerrero.
Six day passes will be available to the general public in the near future at selected establishments. The cost for a six-day pass will be $80 for adults and $40 for children. Daily entrance fees at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children, except for Belize Night (Saturday) when the fee will increase to $40 for adults and $20 for children.
The services and expertise of Mr. Sanchez Riveroll have been contracted to manage the light, sound and stage system. Mr. "Jimbo" Vasquez has been appointed Festival Grounds Manager for the event. Mr. Riveroll is also looking for different, more attractive mechanical rides for the children, and has confirmed the participation of two clowns to entertain during the festival.
As you can see, everything is coming together nicely. Nevertheless, more planning and more sponsorship is needed. Anyone wishing to help may contact any committee member of the Festival. The San Pedro Sun will continue to update you on the progress of the event of the year - Costa Maya 2000.